Schneider Electric Ltd - Off-the-shelf distribution equipment has short lead time
The MODE range of electrical equipment from Merlin Gerin, a
brand of Schneider Electric, provides indoor, wall mounted, low
voltage distribution up to 500A. 13 options are available
off-the-shelf, all with a compact design to be installed in
areas used by the general public.
The MODE (Multiple Occupancy Distribution Equipment) range provides a point of distribution, with or without fused incoming isolation, to tariff meters serving multiple occupancy residences, commercial buildings and offices.
Bespoke panel builders have traditionally served the distribution market, but with deregulation opening broader market opportunities, Schneider Electric has recognised the need to provide easily specified, reliable and cost effective packaged solutions. MODE is an elegant example of this approach for contestable connections, since its design makes use of proven and widely used Merlin Gerin products; but packaged in an off the shelf offer that provides 13 variants as standard.
The comprehensive yet small range offers contractors and installers shorter lead times than alternatives. Just four unit types, in three ratings, provide the 13 variants that on their own or combinations of which can be used to meet the needs of any distribution requirements in a multiple occupancy building. The range includes 200A 6-single pole 100A ways up to a 500A 60-single pole 100A ways. The 500A version is also available as standard with a dual incoming and outgoing shielded fuseway and up to 30-single poles 100A ways for distribution or incoming shielded fuseway and up to 12-single pole 200A ways and 3-single pole 100A ways for a landlord supply.
The MODE range includes accessories to accommodate different termination arrangements. As standard, all incoming cables are supported with an adjustable cable cleat, with optional mechanical connectors to incoming fuseway removing the need for cable lugs. The specifications, dimensions and accessories are all detailed in a comprehensive free selection guide with drawings and order references.
Installation time is significantly reduced thanks to staggered outgoing phase banks which increase cabling access and make multiple cable termination easy. Safety has been considered a priority in the MODE design, and operators are protected to IPXXB with the door open. Reliability has been assured through both the one-piece combination busbar design of the MODE units and rigorous temperature rise testing.
All units are comprehensively detailed in the MODE range selection guide that can be downloaded from the Schneider Electric website or alternatively request the printed version by calling 0870 608 8 608.